After a few hours of skiing, sometimes a boozy beverage and a sandwich is the perfect refuel for your afternoon. Summit County is home to five ski resorts, all with great stops along the slopes. Catch some incredible views of the surrounding mountains while you take shelter from the chilly day on the hill, or enjoy a patio beer on a bluebird day at these spots.
6th Alley Bar & Grill | Arapahoe Basin
Located at the base of the Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort sits 6th Alley Bar & Grill. There aren’t many restaurant options in the area, but you won’t be disappointed with this pitstop. Their famous Bacon Bloody Mary is a must-try, as it’s made the list for “Best Bloody Mary in Summit County” and “Best Ski Town Bloody Mary’s” numerous times. Since 6th Alley is at the base, you won’t need to ski to get here!
Summit House | Keystone
Head to the top of Dercum Mountain for a variety of grub options, including pizza, burgers, and even make-your-own noodle bowls and the Summit House. Offering a plethora of local beers on tap as well, this is the perfect stop to grab a cold one on the mountain. Since the gondola will get those on foot as well as skis there, everyone is welcome!
Sevens Restaurant | Breckenridge
Take the second stop off of the gondola in Breckenridge and grab some breakfast at the base of Independence Lift on Peak 7. The massive deck at Sevens lets you enjoy some Colorado Sunshine while drinking a latte or cold beer. Breakfast is served until 10:15 every day, and you can hop on the slopes right after you devour a plate of pancakes. Sevens is a little more upscale, so would be a great date night option as well.
Snow Drifter Grab-n-Go | Breckenridge
One of the newest and coolest eatery additions to the Breckenridge Ski Resort is this little food cart that sits at the top of Zendo Chair on Peak 6. The Snow Drifter Grab-n-Go produces a great Philly cheesesteak, or just snag some candy to refuel real quick before heading back down the slopes.
The Overlook | Breckenridge
Ride up the Beaver Run lift to experience the highest dining experience in Breckenridge at 11,274 feet. Homemade pot pie, soups, burgers, pizza, and salads are all available at the Overlook, as well as some incredible hot drinks. Be sure to try the Bacon Maple Bourbon. This hot chocolate, caramel, and maple bourbon mixture is topped off with a slice of crispy bacon and whipped cream, and is sure to warm you up for your next laps.
Chuck’s Wagon | Copper Mountain
Munch on an empanada at Chuck’s Wagon, located at the base of the Rendezvous lift at Copper Mountain. With this food truck situated half way up the slopes, it’s a perfect stop while skiing to sip on a cold beer and down some delicious food. FYI, it’s unfortunately only open during the weekend, so you may want to plan your ski days around this if you want some great grub on Copper Mountain.
Next time you head to Summit County, Colorado to ski, be sure to have theses mountain stops on your list! If you’re waiting for warmer weather for a Colorado adventure, check out the multitude of activities AVA Rafting & Zipline has to offer. Between whitewater rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, and off roading, you’re sure to find the perfect excursion for you and your family!
*Featured image courtesy of Forbes.